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VIDEO: Mark Woodsum, 2018 POTWP Inductee
Here is the introduction to Mark Woodsum's inductee ceremony:
Mark Woodsum grew up in Arlington Heights and attended Ivy Hill Elementary School, Thomas Middle School, where he graduated in 2001, and Buffalo Grove High School, where he graduated in 2005. While at Buffalo Grove, Mark was both a standout athlete and student. As a student, Mark was on the Senior Honor Roll all 8 semesters of high school, and was also a National Honor Society Member.
As an athlete, Mark was a 3 time letter winner in both football, where he played fullback and linebacker, and track where he competed in the shot put and discus. In 2002 and 2003, he played on 2 Buffalo Grove football teams that made it to the state quarterfinals, as he played alongside fellow Pride of the Wolf Pack Honoree, Tom Zbikowski. In 2004 on the football field, Mark had a memorable year. At the conclusion of the season, he was named All-Conference, All-Area, and Honorable Mention All-State as a fullback. In addition, he was named the MVP of the football team, and impressively made the Academic All-State team. Mark finished his BG football career as the 7th all-time leading rusher in school history with 1225 yards, and 11th in all-time scoring.
Upon graduating from Buffalo Grove, Mark attended Northwestern University, and walked on to the football team without a scholarship. As a freshman in 2005, Mark did not see action on the field, but made an impact on the practice field, and earned a scholarship in 2006. In 2007, Mark scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 2 yard reception vs. Iowa, and throughout his career was praised by the Northwestern coaching staff for his work on special teams and on offense in short yardage situations. He was also described by coaches as a hard working player who brought a great deal of enthusiasm to the football program. In 2009 as a graduate student, this hard word and enthusiasm earned him the Thomas Airth Spirit Award, given to a player whose spirit and enthusiasm are an inspiration to teammates, coaches and fans. Mark also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors every year he was at Northwestern, and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2009 and 2010.
Mark earned his undergraduate degree in environmental sciences, with a minor in business institutions from Northwestern in 2009. He then enrolled in graduate school for civil and environmental engineering master’s of project management, and graduated with Honors in 2010. Mark currently lives in Chicago, is married and has 2 kids, Abigail who is 3 years old, and Hannah who is 1. Mark currently works for L&W Supply as a Merchandising Manager.